Feb 28, 2024 - Food and Drink

What we're sipping: Beer from Arkansas' first self-pour tap wall

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Here it is — the tap wall. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

On the first floor of the Uptown Apartments building in north Fayetteville is your opportunity to act like a 21+ kid in a candy store.

State of play: Smokin' Oak Wood-Fired Pizza and Taproom has Arkansas' first self-pour tap wall.

  • It comes after state lawmakers passed Act 705 in 2023 to allow customers to dispense their own beer. Important state government business, if you ask me.

How it works: They give you a bracelet and turn you loose on about 30 beer options on tap — plus a few wines and mixed drinks.

  • You scan your bracelet to pour. Each beer is priced per ounce, so your bracelet keeps track of your tab.

The intrigue: You have full control over your portions. You're free to sample until you find a beer that makes you want to fill a glass to the rim or to have some variety with a flight with as many options as you'd like.

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The Italian Stallion. Photo: Alex Golden/Axios

What to try: I tried Eureka Springs-based Gotahold Brewing's Mysterious Gap Belgian Tripel and Bury the Hatchet IPA. Both good local picks, especially the IPA.

  • The Italian Stallion pizza with olive oil, mozzarella, parmesan, prosciutto, tomato, crushed red pepper, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes is on point.
  • The pizzas are basically oversized personal pies for about $12. A hungry diner can eat a whole one, but you could also end up with leftovers.

The vibe: This makes for a casual after-work beer and pizza option that won't break the bank.

Stop by: 11am-9pm Sunday-Thursday and 11am-10pm Friday-Saturday at 3959 N. Steele Blvd., Suite 152, in Fayetteville.ille.

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